Posted 10 years ago
I really like your Show and Tell pages and I thought your readers might enjoy seeing some artifacts I found in the refuse burn pit at an old abandoned fort. The fort was closed in 1940 so the artifacts probably date from the 20's and 30's.
Most of the military buttons and insignia came from the uniforms of the 12th Infantry who took over the fort when the coast artillery left in the early 20's. The 30.06 and .45 ammo are pieced together cartridges and projectiles I found and cleaned up. I have a question that one of your knowledgable readers might help me with. I'm pretty sure the larger brass eagle is an officers cap insignia but I'm not sure about the purpose of the smaller eagle. Is it also a cap insignia? The DUI is from the 12th Infantry and includes a dragon with a sword and a teepee. The ID tag belonged to a private named William Stanton who was in the service company at the fort in 1935-36.
The brass hardware must have come from field gear and horse/mule harnesses that were disposed of and burned.
The bric-a-brac collection includes watches, a razor, make-up compacts, a lead soldier, marbles, tableware shards, a compass, a lighter, a sheet music holder, eyeglasses, a whistle, belt buckles, a silver bracelet, perfume and medicine bottles, buttons, a key, a shaving stick container, a syringe needle, wheat pennies, a thermometer, a cuff-link, ceramic figures and assorted items I have no idea about.